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Softwood Lumber Producers Exploring New Overseas Markets

April 6, 2017

Critical negotiations for a new softwood lumber agreement with the U.S. have stalled as the U.S. investigates claims that Canadian lumber was being sold for less than fair value. In the meantime, softwood lumber producers in British Columbia have begun pursing overseas markets.

BC Ferries to Restore Service Route in 2018

April 5, 2017

BC Ferries will restore the route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola in the summer of 2018. The cut to the service, which occurred in 2014, damaged the tourism industry in the area. 

Reconciliation Pole Is a Symbol of Progress

April 3, 2017

The University of British Columbia Reconciliation Pole was designed by artist James Hart, a hereditary chief and member of the Haida Nation, and placed into a standing position during a ceremony on April 1.

Report Shows Indigenous Children Fail to Receive Adequate Support from Child Welfare Services

March 31, 2017

A report from the Representative for Children and Youth was released on March 30 and focused on inadequate funding for Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, which serve Indigenous children and their families.

Regional Meetings to Be Held by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

March 28, 2017

A series of regional advisory meetings will be held by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls during April and May.

Indigenous Communities Engage in Renewable Energy Projects

March 27, 2017

A renewable energy project designed by economic developer, John Disney, uses wood waste left from logging to heat Indigenous communities. Indigenous communities continue to invest in clean energy projects, which creates jobs and makes them more self-sufficient. 

Winner of 2016 Margolese Prize Fights Battle Against Homelessness

March 24, 2017

Sylvia McAdam, winner of the 2016 Margolese National Design for Living Prize from the University of British Columbia's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, talks about her work to provide housing for underpriviledged Indigenous people.

Osooyos First Nations Successfully Operates Winery

March 15, 2017

The Osoyoos First Nations in British Columbia has been successful at a variety of business ventures, most notably the first Indigenous-owned winery in Canada and the United States.

Northern Health Making Cultural Safety in Healthcare a Priority

March 8, 2017

Northern Health (NH) has partnered with the BC Ministry of Health, First Nations Health Authority, and other regional health authorities to strengthen cultural safety for Indigenous people through the structure of healthcare delivery systems.

Peters First Nation Membership Battle May Impact Kinder Morgan Deal

March 1, 2017

APTN National News has reported that Kinder Morgan finalized a deal with Peters First Nation of British Columbia that could be worth up to $20 million over 20 years.

Budget Includes Additional Funding for Youth, but Experts Say It Is Not Enough

February 22, 2017

According to experts, the 2017 budget falls short of providing adequate funding for services for youth and low-income families even with an increase in funding for education and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Marches Held Nationwide in Support of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

February 15, 2017

Thousands of marchers gathered in communities across the country on Valentine's Day, to mourn missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The largest gathering was held in Vancouver, the march's 27th year running.

Judge Rules in Favour of Sixties Scoop Victims

February 14, 2017

Ontario Justice Edward Belobaba ruled in favour of Sixties Scoop victims in the 11-year-long class action lawsuit against the Canadian Federal Government.

Federal Budget will Dedicate Funds to Sustainable Energy for Indigenous Communities

February 10, 2017

CBC news learned that the upcoming federal budget is expected to include $50 million to help remote communities develop renewable energy sources and eliminate their dependence on expensive and polluting diesel.

Chief MMIW Commissioner Shares Frustration with Slow Pace

February 7, 2017

Marion Buller, the Chief Commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, addressed the growing complaints about the commission's slow start at a press conference, indicating that she shared public's frustration, but that the delays were justified

Carleton University Plans Truth and Reconciliation Park

February 4, 2017

Ottawa's Carleton University is in the early planning stages for an Indigenous learning and gathering place, to be called the Truth and Reconciliation Park.

Citizenship Oath to Include Respect for Treaties

February 2, 2017

In response to one of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Minister for Immigration plans to update the Canadian Citizenship Oath to include a pledge to respect "treaties with Indigenous peoples."

Rare Copy of Treaty 8 on Display

February 1, 2017

A rare "travelling" copy of Treaty 8 — intended to be transported throughout the territories covered by the treaty — was discovered at the First Nations University of Canada, where it is now on display.

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